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International Alumni Job Search Stories


Degree: B.S. Biology, CBS
Graduation Date: May 2012
Employer: A Biochemistry Laboratory (MN)
Position: Lab Assistant (part-time)

What is your job?
I am a lab assistant for a biochemistry laboratory. It is a part-time job while I am preparing to get into a graduate school. I am volunteering in a hospital as I would like to study public health in near future.

How did you get the job?
I found my current position at the UMN Health Care Job Fair through advertisement and recruiting people. I asked questions about the job. They said that if I had certain document to work in the U.S. then I could apply.

What was helpful for your career development?
Recruiters were not familiar with my visa situation, so I came to ISSS to know about Optional Practical Training (OPT) and researched online myself too. It was hard, because I told them I have a student visa and recruiters were not sure if their work could work with my visa status. I had to come to ISSS for information and explain it to HR. They then said 'Oh okay'. The ISSS and USCIS websites are helpful for this matter.

What advice do you have for current international students?
International students can start off volunteering to gain some experiences and learn about work environment here. Later on for paying jobs, they will need to know about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and OPT, they will need to be able to explain the related regulations to recruiters or employers.